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Statistics on the Management of Used and End-of-Life Electronics

In 2013:
In 2009:

Consumer electronics — including TVs and other video equipment, computers, assorted peripherals, audio equipment, and phones — comprise approximately one to two percent of the municipal solid waste stream, as tracked in the Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013, but they garner a great deal of interest for several reasons:

To better track the sales, use, storage, collection, and disposal of electronics, EPA conducted an analysis of select electronic products from residential and commercial/institutional users:

Computer Televisions Hard Copy Devices Mobile Devices
laptops
desktop CPUs
monitors
keyboards
mice
cathode ray tubes (CRTs)
flat-panel
projection
monochrome
printers
fax machines
scanners
copiers
multi-function devices
cell phones
smartphones
PDAs
pagers

The key findings of the analysis are summarized below. Detailed information on the analysis is provided in the report Electronics Waste Management in the United States Through 2009.

Key Findings on the Management of Select Electronic Products in the US in 2009

Management of Used and End-Of-Life Electronics in 2009
  Ready for End-of-Life Management
(million of units)
Disposed
(million of units)
Collected for Recycling
(million of units)
Rate of Collection for Recycling
(by weight)
Computers 47.4 29.4 18 38%
Televisions 27.2 22.7 4.6 17%
Mobile Devices 141 129 11.7 8%

Details on the methodology, data sources, assumptions, and calculations underlying the information summarized above are available in the following report and model:

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